The dragon fruit shall be referred to as “Kamalam” in Gujarat as the unique identify “is associated with China”, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani mentioned on Tuesday.
“The State government has decided rename Dragon Fruit. As the outer shape of the fruit resembles a lotus, hence Dragon Fruit shall be renamed as Kamalam,” the Chief Minister was quoted by information company ANI as saying.
“The name of dragon fruit associated with China and we have changed it,” he added.
“Kamalam” is Sanskrit for the Lotus. It can also be the identify of the BJP workplace in Gujarat.
Over the previous few years, Dragon Fruit has develop into a well-liked addition to the food plan within the state and is grown primarily in Bhuj, Gandhidham and Mandvi.
In July final 12 months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had talked about the fruit in his month-to-month radio present “Mann Ki Baat”. He had praised the farmers of Kutch for rising the imported fruit, in order that India will be self-reliant.
The Dragon fruit is usually imported from South America.